About Henderson State University

Henderson State is centered upon the success of the student, and to ensure that success we value academic excellence, collaboration and community, human difference, integrity, tradition and innovation, and the liberal arts education.


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Founded as a private institution in 1890, Henderson State University has a strong liberal arts heritage that is the base of more than 65 undergraduate and graduate programs, earning the university its status as Arkansas’s public liberal arts university. The university encourages scholarly and creative activities in a caring, personal atmosphere that reflects the university’s motto for more than a century, “The School with a Heart.”


Henderson State University provides a learning environment that prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual and personal growth in a global society.


Henderson will be recognized as a national model for bridging the liberal arts and professional aspirations, producing well-rounded graduates who are leaders in their careers and communities.


The School of Business at Henderson State University is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Henderson State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



among the “2021 Colleges with the Best Professors in Arkansas" by Niche


among the “Best Regional Universities South” by U.S. News & World Report, 2021


among the “Top Performers on Social Mobility, Regional Universities South” by U.S. News & World Report, 2021


among the "Top Public Schools, Regional Universities South" by U.S. News & World Report, 2021


among the “Top 10 Best Colleges in Arkansas” by College Choice, 2021


among the “15 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Arkansas” by Best Value Schools, 2021


among the “Best Colleges in Arkansas” by BestColleges, 2020

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